On the night of the 2008 elections, even before the results were announced, Hasan Ali then of Selangor PAS was already in discussions with Umno about jointly taking power and becoming menteri besar, said Khalid Samad, the MP for Shah Alam, at a ceramah on Monday night.
Umno knew by 8pm that they had lost power and discussions began with Hasan Ali on an alliance, Khalid said, according to Anil Netto.
A meeting was arranged for three days later between Umno president Abdullah Ahmad Badawi, ousted Selangor menteri besar Khir Toyo, Pas president Hadi Awang and Hasan, who was being touted by Umno as the next MB if he could get Pas to join forces with Umno.
Khalid said he suspected something was up and confronted Hasan angrily. Hasan was taken aback and gave a vague response. “Even my father never spoke to me like that,” Hasan said. “Well, this is not your father’s party either!” retorted Khalid.
When Pas leaders got wind of the meeting, it was hastily decided that secretary-general Mustafa Ali would represent Hadi while Khalid and deputy president Nasharuddin Mat Isa would accompany him.
A crushed and pale Khir Toyo serves drinks
The secret meeting was held at a bungalow behind Parliament.
“Khir Toyo was standing around, looking as if he was the waiter, and he even poured me drinks,” Khalid told the amused villagers. Khir Toyo looked pale and was not his usual self. “Maklumlah, sudah hilang kerajaan negeri Selangor,” Khalid recounted.
At the meeting, Umno pointed out that the new Selangor government would have only 16 Malay-Muslims within its ranks of 36. Abdullah asked if the Pas members could team up with Umno to form a Malay-Muslim dominated state government instead.
Khalid said he countered: “(If you are so concerned), why don’t you give us five of your Umno assembly members instead of eight of us crossing to your side?” That effectively ended the meeting.
Khalid would observe later: “What was on the cards amounted to a betrayal of the rakyat’s wishes, which was for Umno/BN to be ousted from Selangor.”
Read the full story at Anil’s blog: » The secret meeting on 11 March 2008